The author that I am featuring this month is April Shadduck. We grew up together when we were young and she is now an author! April is 23 years old and the author of the “Mischief and Magick”series. She lives in the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. April has two siblings, a twin sister and a younger brother. Sketching, painting, and writing poetry have been important outlets for her creativity.
She hopes to inspire young and old alike. “Follow your heart, be true to yourself, and never ever give up on your dreams.”
Check out my interview with April!
Sierra: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
April: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve written short stories and started several novels. “Wicked Wrong” was the first book I actually finished. It took me only three months to write the first one and I finished it in August of 2011. It’s the editing and layout that can take a while.
Sierra: Tell us a little bit about your first book in the series, “Wicked Wrong”.
April: “Wicked Wrong” is about a girl named Felicity who faces all of the hardships of a normal teenager, plus some. She finds herself pulled into the world of magick by forces she can’t even begin to imagine. Throughout the book she unravels the secrets of her life and battles the dark forces that stalk her family. Along the way she finds allies in the oddest creatures including ehlves, pixies, dawdlers, a gnolf, and a most unusual cousin. The question is whether or not she can embrace the world of magick and protect those that she loves, without losing herself in the process…
Sierra: How did you choose the genre you write in?
April: I’m not really sure I chose the genre. It’s almost like it chose me. I’ve always been fascinated by the world of magick or the possibility of it and have always loved reading books that take readers into a world so unlike their own. That’s the point of reading right? To have an escape from your life for a short time where you can explore uncharted lands and embrace imaginary worlds. If you’re going to escape; why not submerge yourself in a world full of mischief, magick, and mystery?
Sierra: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write?
April: That’s a difficult question. I think one of my favorite chapters was “Strange and Estranged cousin.” It’s the chapter that introduces one of my favorite characters, Anna Belle, Lissy’s cousin. It’s a close tie with “Samhain” though. That chapter was so much fun to write!
Sierra: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
April: The majority of the book is purely imagination. There are a few things here and there that I based off of real life experiences. Notice that I said “based.” There were several instances when I would see something or experience something that in my mind warped and twisted into a fun addition to the book. My imagination tends to run away with me turning everyday occurrences into mysterious, sometimes even dangerous, incidents.
Sierra: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
April: I can’t say there is a particular author or book that influenced me. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book that I didn’t like. All authors and writings influence a person in one way or another.
Sierra: Do you ever experience writers block?
April: Definitely! There comes a point when you’re writing and on a roll, so to speak, and suddenly you’ve got nothing. It’s like your brain shuts down. I’ve noticed the best way to get past it is to walk away for a day or two. Maybe even kick back with a book so you can escape to a world that’s complete. It’s hard writing the story, you want to know what’s going to happen next as badly as the person who will read it. The only problem is you can’t turn the page because you haven’t written it yet!
Sierra: Is there an author that you would really like to meet?
April: I would love to meet several authors. For example two authors I would like to meet are JK Rowling, and Laurel K Hamilton. They have completely different writing styles, one being young adult and the other being very much adult. I would love to pick their brains apart, see what makes them tick, and how that’s influenced their work. I would like to do that with just about any author, I’m curious.
Sierra: Will you have a new book coming out soon? If so, can you tell us about it?
April: The second book in the Mischief and Magick series will be coming out very soon. “Dark Delusions” continues the story of Lissy’s (Felicity’s) journey through the world of magick. Allies become foes and foes become allies. Felicity’s once comfortable world has been turned upside down and she no longer knows who she can trust. The dark forces are rising and the mysteries are unraveling. The question being, how long they can hold on before the darkness envelopes them all?
Sierra: If you could go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your first novel or getting it published that you would change?
April: I wouldn’t change a thing. The entire process has been a learning experience with ups and downs along the way. Everything I’ve learned in writing and publishing the first book I will use and remember for years to come.
Sierra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
April: Always believe in yourself. If you want to write a novel, just do it. You might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.
Sierra: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
April: Thank you for all of your love and support. I hope you enjoy the stories I write and I hope they take you to a world you can lose yourself in, at least for a little bit. Remember, follow your heart, be true to yourself, and never ever give up on your dreams!
Thank you so much! Be sure to check out April Shadduck’s book, “Wicked Wrong” the first book in her new series, “Mischief & Magick”!